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Department of Commerce Bureaus and Agencies
What are the different divisions of the Department of Commerce, and what do they do?
- Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) (Twitter: @BISgov)
- Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) (Twitter: @BEA_News)
- Census Bureau (Twitter: @uscensusbureau)
- Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA) (Twitter: @ESAstats)
- Economic Development Administration (EDA) (Twitter: @US_EDA)
- International Trade Administration (ITA) (Twitter: @TradeGov)
- Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) (Twitter: @USMBDA)
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) (Twitter: @NOAA)
- National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) (Twitter: @NTIAgov)
- Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) (Twitter: @USPTO)
- National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) (Twitter: @usnistgov)
- National Technical Information Service (NTIS) (Twitter: @NTISinfo)
Frequently Asked Questions
What does the Department of Commerce do?
Is the National Aquarium located in the Department of Commerce?
No. The National Aquarium in Washington, DC, closed on September 30, 2013, after 140 years. The National Aquarium in Baltimore, MD, is still active and open to the public.
Are there Department of Commerce locations near where I live?
Economic Data and Statistics
- Where can I find economic statistics and reports?
- Where can I find useful information about the social, political and economic organization of the United States?
Where can I find Commerce resources to help in growing my business?
Minority Business Opportunities
Where can I find information on minority and small business development?
I have questions about international trade -- where can I go?
Where can I find information about national and international weather alerts, forecasts and observations?
Where can I find information about the Census?
U.S. Population Statistics
Where can I find information about the population of the United States and the individual states and territories?
Time and Standards
How can I find the correct time in different time zones?
Careers in Commerce
How do I prepare for a career in the Department of Commerce and what are the job opportunities?
Faith-Based Community Initiatives
How does the Department of Commerce participate in the President's Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships Initiatives?